Roger Kluge abandons Tour de France after crash but Olympic Games still possible

CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Roger Kluge of Germany and Team Lotto Soudal in the Breakaway during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux Tacx bottle Feeding LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) in the break on stage 6 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A crash caused by loose gravel on the road has derailed Roger Kluge’s Tour de France, with the Lotto Soudal rider abandoning on stage 13, however, the German may still get to represent his country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo as no fractures were revealed by his medical checks. 

At 62 kilometres to go on the 219.9 kilometre stage to Carcassonne a large crash rippled through the middle of the peloton, after which a number of riders could be seen trying to get up off the road while others scrambled up the grass verge of a roadside ravine. Riders caught alongside Kluge included Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange), Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange), Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo), Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic), Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Rafał Majka (UAE Team Emirates), Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Søren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM).

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